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BRWA Named Local Conservation Organization of the Year

Bad River Watershed Association received the honor of being named Local Conservation Organization of the Year by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. This Award recognizes organizations who dedicate themselves to conservation education and training, habitat enhancement and community service projects to help maintain Wisconsin’s natural resources. Thank you to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress for this award, and to our members, donors, and volunteers who make this work happen.


Current Volunteer Opportunites

Check out these great volunteer activities coming up in the next couple months! Let's see how many people we can get out in the watershed and making a difference. Equipment and training are provided for all activities. To sign up for any of these activities or if you have questions, please contact us at 715-682-2003 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Chemistry Monitoring

We are looking for a few good volunteers to conduct water chemistry monitoring at one or two sites once each month and when possible during the winter. Sampling takes roughly one hour to complete.

RSVP as soon as possible - the monitoring season is underway!


Help at Events

We are always looking for volunteers to help us set up our display booth and talk to people about our organization when we attend public events. Training provided.


Office Help

We could use your skills for filing, organizing, data entry, and graphic design projects here in our office (downtown Ashland).


Mark your Calendars!

Here are some important upcoming local events:


Tuesday, April 15 – “Wild Rice and the Kakagon/Bad River Sloughs” with Jim Meeker and Naomi Tillison

6 PM, Gurney Town Hall

For more information, see “Watershed Words Lecture Series” above.


Thursday, April 17 – “Building a Mining Economy” with George Hudak and Don Fosnacht from the Center for Applied Research and Technology Development at the University of Minnesota - Duluth.


Ashland, WI


A Busy Month for BRWA

This past month has been full of great opportunities to meet with other groups and individuals who share our enthusiasm for environmental conservation and outdoor recreation. On February 18th-20th, Tony Janisch attended the Wisconsin Wetlands Association Conference in La Crosse, WI. He is shown below presenting information about our Penokee baseline water quality study.

BRWA also attended Canoecopia in Madison, WI on March 7th-9th. This is a large annual event presented by Rutabaga Paddle Sports, which can attract as many as 20,000 people over the course of the three-day event. Our attendance was made possible in part by Freshwater Future and the Indigenous Environmental Network. A special thanks goes out to them and all who volunteered their time in our booth at the event.


Watershed Words Lecture Series

Join BRWA as we take a closer look into the water resources of the Bad River Watershed. Read on for information about the next upcoming lecture in the series.

Wetlands of the Penokee Hills (choice of dates/locations)

Tracy Hames, Executive Director, Wisconsin Wetlands Association

May 2nd - 6:00p, Morse Town Hall

402 2nd St, Mellen, WI

AND May 3rd - 2:00p, Delta Town Hall

County Hwy H, Delta, WI

In 2013, the Wisconsin Wetlands Association began visiting the Penokee wetlands in the Iron County forest.  What they found were high quality, high functioning wetlands that feed the Tyler Forks and Potato Rivers.

Listen as Tracy explains the role of wetlands in the watershed.  See stunning scenery from this county land, and consider that perhaps the scope of its value extends far beyond the rocks that lay beneath it.


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Threats To Water Poll

Please rank the questions below based on what you believe is the greater threat to water quality in the region. (5 being the highest, 1 being the lowest - use the "+" selector to vote. 5 votes for highest rank, 4 votes for second highest, etc.)

Large-scale agriculture
Failing septic/waste treatment systems
Stream sedimentation, washouts and erosion
Forest management practices
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BRWAs Priorities Poll

Please rank the questions below based on how you believe BRWA should prioritize emerging water quality issues in the region. (5 being the highest, 1 being the lowest - use the "+" selector to vote. 5 votes for highest rank, 4 votes for second highest, etc.)

Establish baseline water quality conditions
Outreach and education
Restore problem erosional areas
Work with local authorities to address water quality issues
Protective waterway designations
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